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Do I Have To Organize My Library?

Language Arts | Writing 

Mr.NJ

Senior Member
I'm mentally preparing for set-up in two weeks - do I have to organize my library? Can I just put the books on the shelf. I just think I have so much to do and this would probably take a day all by its self!
 
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Mrs. G

Senior Member
Library

You do not have to organize your library. I didn't for many years. Now I organize by author's last name so I can easily find a book. I also have each book marked in the back with AR levels (if available).

I think eventually you will want some organization to your library. What a great activity for those parents who want to help out in the classroom. Put them to work on it!

I know the start of the school year is crazy, so I think it is ok for you to put this at the bottom of your list. :p
 

AuntKK

Senior Member
Students?

In the past, I have had the students organize the library. I don't know what grade you teach, but I teach first grade and it worked for my class. I have read many resources that say having the students do it is is beneficial. You provide baskets and notecards for them to make labels. They organize in a way that makes sense to them. For several years, I would do this with each of my classes. (I have a VERY large library) I would give them about a fourth of the books to start with. Once they organized those and made the levels, I would give them another fourth a week or so later. It was easy on e the initial baskets were made to add the books. They loved it and it made them feel ownership. I think I just got too lazy to do this anymore.:o
 

MissESL

Senior Member
Library

I did organize it. I went through and wrote the AR quiz number, book level, and points inside the covers of all of my books. I put them in order by point value/reading level...It was fantastic!

Until school started and the kids made an unmitigated disaster out of all my hard work! Now I just set them on the shelf. They have all the info in the front cover and the kids know how to find a just-right book.

It works well.
 

Tessa_Rue

Senior Member
I'm organizing mine, but I just changed grades and have no idea what books the previous teacher had. Plus I need to pass some of them on to the other new teacher in my grade.

It is taking me a long time! I'm mostly doing it by subject/series.
 

Mr.NJ

Senior Member
Students

I like the idea of letting the students do it - I'm in 4th.

I like giving them a few at a time - it builds teamword among them too! I think they will take ownership in the library if they build it!
 
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teachindakidz

Senior Member
Library organization

I took the easy way out and organized my classroom library by genre. Each book has a sticker that is color-coded for each genre. Which reminds me, I need to buy more stickers for the new books I purchased. uggghhh.... something else to add to the TO-DO List.
 

*Fairydust*

Senior Member
One step at a time...the library can wait. I suggest that you make it your year's goal to complete it though. It really will be worth it when it's done. As pps suggested get some parents in to help with it! Or even students! Just tell them how you want it organized and voila! I bet you get the help you need.
 

BMc

Senior Member
Genre organization too

I gave the students the job of organizing the library--by genre.
Right after we read 'Nightmare at the Bookfair' by Dan Gutman where each chapter is a different genre. It helped the kids see which books were in the library and often created quite a discussion. Each genre was given a number which made it easy to add stickers with the corresponding number whenever we added new books.
 

rana712

Senior Member
I roganized

by genre and guided reading level. Realistic fiction and fantasy are put in bins according to level. Each book is marked with a sticker on the back. This sticker corresponds to a level and also indicates the genre. Books from other genres are organized by genre or author. Each book still has a sticker with level and genre. This way I can tell kids which bin to pick from. I can easily monitor who is reading books that are too easy and who is trying to read things that are much too hard. THe kids did a very good job putting most things back where they belonged.
 

rana712

Senior Member
I organized

by genre and guided reading level. Realistic fiction and fantasy are put in bins according to level. Each book is marked with a sticker on the back. This sticker corresponds to a level and also indicates the genre. Books from other genres are organized by genre or author. Each book still has a sticker with level and genre. This way I can tell kids which bin to pick from. I can easily monitor who is reading books that are too easy and who is trying to read things that are much too hard. THe kids did a very good job putting most things back where they belonged.
 

Mr.NJ

Senior Member
I don't want to go crazy labeling each book with a level or sticker or anything crazy - I'm so OCD that when one isn't put back in its spot I'll freak out.

I really like the idea of having the kids place the books. I have one long shelf that I think I'll put baskets on and two slimmer shelving units with 3 shelves each. I think I'll do a mini lesson on genre and then let the kids go at it - they can short by author, fiction / non-fiction, etc. . I think it will be fun. And then they can make labels for the shelves and baskets!
 

teachindakidz

Senior Member
I don't want to go crazy labeling each book with a level or sticker or anything crazy - I'm so OCD that when one isn't put back in its spot I'll freak out.

I saw this idea on Pinterest and perhaps it will help. I might try it this year as well. Write students name on a clothespin and students place their clothespin on the basket they retrieved the book. When it's time to return the book, students find their clothespin, return the book in it's proper basket, and remove their clothespin.

http://pinterest.com/pin/278097345710795913/
 

lolovesya

New Member
Slow down for now and let the kiddos do it!

I agree with Fairydust. Just put all of the books on the shelf for now and attend to more pressing matters. At some point get a few baskets (maybe dollar store, your garage, mom's attic, whatever) and have the students slowly organize the books as the year progresses. I did this a few years ago and I'm all organized now. My books are separated by AR level. I made some labels on the computer that say:

Mrs. Taylor
AR Level:
Points:

I found that I could get two book labels out of one sticky regular size mailing label if I cut them in half.

And as each student looked up the level on arbookfinder.com they wrote in the information and put it in the correct basket. They loved doing it when they were finished with their work and I didn't have to worry about it! Hope this helps!!
 

Tea21

New Member
Great practical idea

Thanks for sharing how you set up your library. I like the idea that you used the book "Nigtmare at the BookFair" as an advanced organizer to help students learn about genres. Having the students to set up the library and connect it with the book sounds like an all around beneficial activity.
 
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